The Good Beats Music learns about your musical tastes and gets better the more you listen.
The Bad Offline mode is more complicated than it needs to be.
The Bottom Line Beats Music's extensive playlists and spot-on recommendations mean you'll never have to hunt for music.
Music streaming done right
Editors' note, July 7, 2015: After acquired the Beats brand, Apple has folded Beats Music into a new service called. At this time, the Beats Music app is still available to download, but you cannot sign up for a new account.
Trendy headphones, clever advertisements, and the Dr. Dre name helped the Beats brand explode in popularity. Once the company was satisfied with making products to help you listen to music, it turned its sights on the music itself with a subscription streaming-music service, Beats Music (iOS|Android). It's also available for Windows Phone, but I won't be reviewing that version here.
Beats Music shares much in common with other leading subscription music services, all of which feature very similar catalogs of over 20 million songs, thanks to deals that have been struck with the same music labels. Like, , and , Beats Music charges $9.99 a month for you to "rent" all the music you want, and either store that music on your mobile device for "offline" listening, or stream it unfettered with an Internet connection from your mobile device or desktop. Unlike some of those other services, there's no free, ad-supported option -- you either pay to listen, or you don't listen at all.
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